Smylie, it's almost tournament time

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The world's best descend on Kapalua

2016 ushers in the return of a marquee field to the annual Hyundai Tournament of Champions, played at breathtaking Kapalua Plantation Course.  Participation has been lacking in recent years as the world's best have chosen instead to opt for a longer vacation and later start to their season. 

This year boasts the strongest field and first time the top player in the world has played since 2005.  Top ranked Jordan Spieth is joined by Jason Day, Bubba Watson, Rickie Fowler, Dustin Johnson and defending champ, Patrick Reed, in the star-studded field of 32

Is this not vacation enough? 

18th at Kapalua

18th at Kapalua

Our hardboiled picks to click

Key stat of the week:

The past 5 winners at Kapalua have averaged an astronomically low 4.33 on par 5s.

Stud: Jason Day - DraftKings Salary: $11,800

Day has netted top 10's in his past two visits to Kapalua, averaging 4.53 on par 5s.  During lasty year's t3, he led the field in birdies and shot a blistering final round 62(-11).  Day also ranked in the top 7 on tour in both par 5 scoring average and birdie percentage in 2015.

Sleeper: Smylie Kaufman - DraftKings Salary: $7,000

Smylie is in the top 12 on tour this season in both par 5 birdie percentage and par 5 scoring average.  Kaufman has the ability to go low, as evidenced by his final round 61 at the Shriners Open in October, propelling him to his first career win on tour.  

Golf's Free Agency

With the new year signaling the end of sponsorship deals, some golfers hit the open market in search of new logos and lucrative contracts.  

Upstart club manufacturer PXG snagged 8 new tour pros, headlined by 2-time major champion Zach Johnson, 2014 FedEx cup winner Billy Horschel, LPGA star Cristie Kerr, and a host of up and coming young players.  

Nike also made a splash by adding 12 new golfers to their brand, including promising young players Brooks Koepka and Tony Finau, two of the longest hitters on tour.  

Koepka, at age 25, already has 6 professional wins and - many believe - could join the elite players in golf this year.  

The story behind PXG

Zach Johnson's defection on Monday put the spotlight on PXG (Parsons Extreme Golf), the equipment manufacturer started by former GoDaddy founder and billionaire, Bob Parsons.  

The tech mogul's love of golf and displeasure with current golf equipment led Parsons to start PXG in late 2014.  Parsons estimated that he spent nearly $350,000 on golf equipment in one year trying to find the perfect set of clubs.  Unsatisfied, the billionaire then hired two former Ping engineers and tasked with building the best golf club possible. 

While they may or may not have achieved it, the result will cost you a pretty penny as a full set of PXG clubs runs about $5,000. 

Editor's Note: the fried egg is a big believer in golf being more about the indian than the arrow.

DeChambeau to turn pro

Add another talented twenty-something to the list.  Bryson DeChambeau, who became only the fifth player in golf history to win the NCAA Individual Championship and U.S. Amateur in the same year has signed with an agent.  DeChambeau plans to use the exemption he earned by winning the Amateur to participate in the Masters and looks to turn pro shortly after the event.  

Quick hooks

Don't want to get caught on this list.

Having a field Day.

Greg Norman's abs at 61.

fried egg favorite, Nick Hardy, vies for title at Saguaro Amateur after 2nd round 65. 

The PGA Tour is back

Welcome to 2016 and the return of PGA Tour golf as the annual Hyundai Tournament of Champions kicks off Thursday at the Kapalua Plantation Course.  The breathtaking views, primetime viewing schedule and stellar field make this tournament a must-watch event.  This year's tournament will feature six of the world's top ten players in its 32 man field, headlined by world number one, Jordan Spieth, and world number two, Jason Day.  More to come in Wednesday's edition.   

Golf's first rivalry in decades

Golf fans have been clamoring for a rivalry that resembles the days of Nicklaus, Player, Palmer and Watson and may have finally found it with the trio of Spieth, Day and McIlroy.  These players have clearly distanced themselves and proven at major championships that when they are on their A-games, the field doesn't stand a chance.  It will be fun to see if any one of these players is able to establish themselves as the clear alpha dog of golf. 

The Youth Movement

The abundance of youth talent has never been so rich as half of the world's top 20 players are under the age of 30.  With so many young players competing and winning on golf's biggest stages, media outlets are fast to peg the next big thing, but the fried egg predicts this as becoming the norm.  

A few young players we have our eye on this year as breakout candidates are 21 year old Englishman Matt Fitzpatrick, 23 year old Argentine Emiliano Grillo and 24 year old American Smylie (not a typo) Kaufman.  

After 112 years of waiting

At long last, the 2016 Olympics in Rio will mark golf's return to the world's premier sporting event for the first time since 1904.  The format for both men and women will be a 60 person field competing over the traditional 72 holes at The Olympic Course, designed by Gil Hanse. 

Qualification has been a hot topic in golf circles due to the majority of the world's best residing in only a handful of countries.  On the men's side, 7 of the top 15 players are currently from the United States.  On the women's side, 8 of the top 15 hail from Korea.  

Countries will be able to send a maximum of two golfers to the field (based on the Official World Golf Rankings) unless they have more than 2 players who reside in the top 15.  In this case, they could send a maximum of 4 golfers as long as they rank in the top 15.  Given these circumstances, many of golf's best players will be spectating rather than competing.

This is 40. 

In recent decades, the biggest headliners in golf have been Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods.  Moving into the 2016 season, each finds themselves at the low-point of their competitive careers.  

Phil is checking in at number 36 in the world, his worst ranking since 1993 having not won since the 2013 Open Championship.  Can Phil at 45 complete the career grand slam by winning this year's U.S. Open at Oakmont? 

Tiger's 2016 outlook is cloudy to say the least.  Currently ranking 413 in the world and sidelined with a severe back injury, it's not a question of how he will play but rather if he will play.  

Quick hooks

Danny Lee's selfie problem....

7 stellar Tiger stats.

The price tag on Bubba's awful white watch...

A Quick 3 day round - that's the norm at this 850 mile long course

A truly unique piece of Augusta merchandise.